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Rembrandt Self-Portrait Google Doodle Celebrates Great Dutch Painter

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Rembrandt van Rijn Google Doodle

Google is celebrating the 407th birthday of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn with a new Google Doodle.

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest portraitists of all time and is perhaps best known for his series of self-portraits he painted every year throughout his life, including the year he died.

"Happy 407th birthday to renowned Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt painted almost 100 self-portraits during his lifetime, so it's only fitting that our doodle today uses one of those paintings as its inspiration," Google posted on its Google+ page.

Google selected one if his self-portraits, 1659's "Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned Up Collar", to be the painting featured in today's Google.

Despite his relative success during his lifetime, he lived beyond his means by bidding on artwork and prints, including his own. When Rembrandt passed away in 1669 at the age of 63, he was buried in an unmarked grave.


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